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What is the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council?

What is "MASAC"?

In 1954, the National Hemophilia Foundation formed a medical advisory council to advance clinical care and promote hemophilia research.

Now known as the Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC), this body establishes quality of care guidelines for the treatment of hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.

Issued in the form of recommendations, MASAC guidelines set the standard of care around the world and are referred to by an international array of physicians, medical schools, pharmacists, emergency room personnel, insurance companies and others.

The scientists, physicians and other treatment professionals who comprise MASAC are internationally regarded as experts in the broad field of bleeding disorders research and care, AIDS, hepatitis, other infectious diseases and blood safety. MASAC meets twice a year to issue its recommendations, which are then approved by NHF's Board of Directors.

MASAC recommendations are posted on NHF's Web site, are available to callers through NHF's information clearinghouse (800-42-HANDI or, and are published in NHF's HemAware magazine.

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